Opening of the awarenet Learning Lab

This Wednesday we officially opened the second awarenet computer Lab! All the people who put in effort in establishing the lab were invited to share some cake and admire the progress. This Lab will serve as a learning lab to give a core group of school learners the opportunity to follow a structured program composed Read more about Opening of the awarenet Learning Lab[…]

Programming course made in Italy!

Two weeks ago, we had the nice guys from the Fondazione Bruno Kessler, based in Trentino, Italy, teach our learners programming, using Blockly games.

Our working environment – the school computer labs!

One of the ideas behind the awarenet program is to better utilize the existing computer facilities at local schools. While the lack of equipment obviously is one of the key reasons for the poorly developed IT skills amongst the youth of South Africa, the lack of specifically trained teachers seems to be even more of Read more about Our working environment – the school computer labs![…]

3 Successes, 3 Challenges, 3 Opportunities

I was recently introduced to the 3-3-3 method of reporting about our work, which convinced me, so I am going to present our current developments to you today following this idea. 3 successes Over the years, we established annual awarenet projects that follow the school terms and provide useful knowledge to the learners. They motivate Read more about 3 Successes, 3 Challenges, 3 Opportunities[…]

The Cripple is healed

“I was once cripple but now I can walk!” 6 months from now, the Joza Youth Hub Computer Lab was just finished, made ready for use. Fourteen computers, fully functional and in good condition, so it seemed until two computers were dysfunctional/ broken … These two computers just decided to go without a word or Read more about The Cripple is healed[…]

The Joza Youth Hub’s computer lab

I call it the “Brain” of the Joza Youth Hub (JYH); it knows so much, gives so much, and is so much more. The computer lab was sponsored by Rhodes University and has been installed in the JYH for a while, but it was missing an Internet connection for a long time. Improper use also Read more about The Joza Youth Hub’s computer lab[…]

The Joza Youth Hub has its own aerial mast now!

We are proud to announce that last Saturday, the aerial mast at the Joza Youth Hub was erected to serve the partners in the Hub and their customers – the learners of Joza, Grahamstown. The 12 m mast is a 165 kg galvanised steel lattice. The partners in the Joza Hub will use it to Read more about The Joza Youth Hub has its own aerial mast now![…]

Donation of Laptop for Community Use

The Village Scribe Association Trust would like to thank Amy, Mary and Brandon Goodenough and Samantha Munro sincerely for the donation of their computers. They will be of great help for our community programme “awarenet”. They will be used as (portable) servers to provide Internet access to underprivileged learners in Joza-Grahamstown and for general awarenet Read more about Donation of Laptop for Community Use[…]

SAP technology workshop

The VSA was invited to take part in a technology workshop offered by SAP “Digital for Social”. It was a great workshop and I learned a lot about online fundraising and dashboard design. Both will be useful to help me enhance the awarenet platform or VSA website and to raise funds for our very next Read more about SAP technology workshop[…]

awareNet at Arthur Mfebe Educational Centre, Cofimvaba

South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has brought together a number of government agencies, local groups and stakeholders for an ambitious project in Cofimvaba, near Queenstown in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Goals include improving education, creating food security and building the local economy through agriculture and related SMEs.  The project is currently based Read more about awareNet at Arthur Mfebe Educational Centre, Cofimvaba[…]